Antonov warned about the risks of escalation due to the supply of MLRS HIMARS to Ukraine
Antonov: US statements about expanding deliveries of HIMARS MLRS to Ukraine cause concern According to the Russian ambassador to the United States, Pentagon statements about expanding deliveries of HIMARS MLRS to Kyiv cause concern and could lead to a new round of escalation of the conflict in Ukraine
Statements by the Pentagon about a possible increase in the supply of long-range multiple launch rocket systems
(MLRS) HIMARS to Kyiv are extremely worrying, such intentions could lead to a greater escalation of the conflict. Ambassador Anatoly Antonov stated this in the Telegram of the Russian diplomatic mission in the United States.
So he commented on the statements of Senior Deputy Defense Minister Colin Kahl about plans to expand supplies of HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) MLRS to Ukraine.
“It is extremely worrying that a senior Pentagon official admits the possibility of expanding the supply of long-range systems. Such words can be regarded as Washington's intention to go for further escalation. This only confirms that the Americans have no aspirations for a peaceful settlement,»— Antonov said.
According to him, Colin Kahl's statements were made on the eve of the next meeting of the United States and its allies on military support to Ukraine. Antonov believes that in this way the administration of US President Joe Biden “sets like-minded people to have no alternative to the course of pumping weapons into the Kyiv regime.”
during strikes on cities and other civilian objects. We call on the United States to stop condoning the genocide of the Russian-speaking population, as well as to play off two fraternal peoples,— concluded the ambassador.
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On June 1, US President Joe Biden announced the provision of another military assistance to Ukraine, including the supply of HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems. The Pentagon clarified that the $700 million military aid package, in addition to MLRS and shells for them, also included five anti-artillery radars, two radar stations, 1,000 Javelin man-portable anti-tank missile systems and 50 missile launchers, 6,000 anti-tank weapons, 15,000 155mm artillery shells, four Mi-17 helicopters, 15 tactical vehicles, as well as spare parts and equipment.
Kyiv assured that they would not use the received MLRS to strike targets in Russia, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said, calling the relationship between the United States and Ukraine trusting. Advisor to the President of Ukraine Mikhail Podolyak also stressed that the Ukrainian forces are now on the defensive, there are no plans to strike at the territory of Russia. “We are not interested in what is happening in Russia. We are only interested in our own territory, & mdash; President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said, rejecting the possibility of strikes against Russia with long-range weapons received.
The Kremlin, commenting on the transfer of American multiple launch rocket systems to Kyiv, noted that this would not contribute to the resumption of peace negotiations. According to the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, the United States by such actions “purposefully and diligently add fuel to the fire.” and, “obviously, they really adhere to the line of fighting Russia to the last Ukrainian.” At the same time, Russian President Vladimir Putin pointed out that the supply of MLRS by the United States and other Western states does not change the balance of power, since the Armed Forces of Ukraine possessed Russian and Soviet weapons with a similar range of fire.
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